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Get dressed with Julie Pelipas

The Ukrainian fashion director has become a cult figure in the fashion world, thanks to her minimal-meets-directional aesthetic. These are the secrets to her style…

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Find your focus

“My style is all about mixing classic and minimal pieces with one really directional item, kind of like finding the perfect frame for a work of art. I would never wear a full runway look; if you add too many statement pieces, an outfit can get quite confused. Maybe that’s boring, but I’m extremely tall, so I have to keep my look fairly pared back, otherwise it can seem quite try-hard.”

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SUBTLE STATEMENTS
Pelipas balances statement outerwear with more simple pieces for a pared-back look
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Less is more

“When it comes to beauty, I go for a natural look. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that the less makeup I wear, the younger I look. Even when I put on just a little bit of mascara, I feel like it ages me. I’m not into injections, I just take really good care of my skin. I give myself facial massages about three times a week and I use sheet masks. The same goes for my hair – I prefer to wear it undone in a middle parting.”

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SMART BUYS
The fashion editor invests in love-forever pieces that will transcend trends

Inspire yourself

“Styling is about capturing a state of mind and dressing in a way that makes you feel beautiful – it’s not about following trends or rules. Trust your instincts and try putting unexpected pieces together. It’s like being the star of your own movie: each day you just decide what kind of movie you want it to be, and then create that mood.”

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Go for quality over quantity

“I don’t actually shop that often; I try to follow Vivienne Westwood’s rule that you should buy less, choose well and make it last. So now I only purchase things I will love and wear forever, and not just forget about them in a couple of months. I don’t have a huge wardrobe, but I do have some really special pieces, like an Hermès coat designed by Martin Margiela. I can’t wait to share those sorts of special pieces with my daughter when she grows up.”

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Remember: comfort is key

“I love double-breasted blazers and suits, but I always soften the look by wearing them over a silky camisole or slip dress and finish with statement earrings. That’s my go-to look. You can even see this mix of masculinity and femininity in my styling. I would never wear a look I don’t feel comfortable in. Early on in my career, when I first started going to shows, I made that mistake, and those outfits were always a disaster because I didn’t feel like myself. When I’m working, I live in jeans. I have so many pairs – I love hunting for vintage styles at flea markets.”

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GIRL MEETS BOY
Blazers and suits get the soft touch with an elegant knit or layered shirts

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